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A Teen Wrote and Co-Directed This Powerful PSA About the Rapid Spiral of Opioid Addiction [ADWEEK] 'Hey Charlie' aims to promote medical treatment over faith‑based recovery

May 29, 2018

A recent opioid-abuse awareness ad isn’t just targeted at teens; it’s also written and directed by one. “Hey Charlie,” is a nearly 4-minute ad from The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation and Columbia University Medical Center, following a 17-year-old boy living in suburbia as he goes from a star athlete with good grades to abusing prescription…

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Memorial Day 2018

May 25, 2018

With summer right around the corner, LICADD would like to wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Memorial Day weekend. Please be careful, and remind your family and friends to make healthy and conscious decisions. LICADD would also like to thank all of our servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our…

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Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%, study suggests [CNN]

May 23, 2018

(CNN) Exposure to common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased by more than 60% in US children and adolescents, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, looked at all calls to US poison control centers for unintentional or intentional exposure to ADHD medications between 2000…

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Fentanyl figures in most fatal drug overdoses in U.S., researchers say [NBC NEWS] Drug dealers have been selling a deadly cocktail of heroin laced with fentanyl.

May 21, 2018

It’s No. 1 — with a needle. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl have overtaken prescription painkillers as the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses in the U.S, researchers from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported. They reached their conclusions, which were unveiled in a letter published in the Journal of the American…

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Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

May 21, 2018

I, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. For patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain, individuals misusing prescription opioids, individuals using illicit opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, health care practitioners, family and friends of people…

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Suffolk program teaches teens the risks of drunken, drugged driving [Newsday] Skits & stories are used to inform young motorists of dangers as the prom, graduation & summer party season approach.

May 18, 2018

A public service video by Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, a Westbury-based nonprofit, shows how drug addiction affects lives. The video is part of a new program that will educate Suffolk high school students and their parents about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, according to an announcement Monday, May 14,…

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My Angel Ball 2018 Experience [DASHA]

May 17, 2018

Last night I attended the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 31st Annual Adele C. Smithers Angel Ball in Garden City, New York. If you’re not familiar with this amazing gala, you need to be ASAP! Over the past few weeks, I have shared a lot of personal details on this site and…

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LICADD Celebrates 62 Years of “Recovery…One Step at a Time” Adele C. Smithers Annual Angel Ball raises more than $350K!

May 11, 2018

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD) is pleased to announce that the 31st Annual Adele C. Smithers Angel Ball, celebrating 62 years of “Recovery…One Step at a Time” was held on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Garden City Hotel. The annual LICADD event raised over $350,000 to support LICADD’s…

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Suffolk LIGHT mobile app helps with substance abuse challenges

May 5, 2018

Suffolk LIGHT provides overdose prevention education, emergency assistance connection, centers for assistance and more to help and support individuals, families, schools, and communities with substance abuse challenges. The app includes a list of local alcohol and drug treatment providers, a direct link to law enforcement, a list of 12-step meetings, educational information, and more. This…

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WAR on Addiction Rally a Success! Suffolk Legislator Anker Participates in WAR on Addiction Anti‑Drug Rally

May 3, 2018

Farmingville, NY - On April 21st, 2018, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, attended the WAR on Addiction Rally at the Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville. In memory of Billy Reitzig, his father, William Reitzig, organized the rally to educate the residents on the dangers of drug use and overdose, provide support services, raise…

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Saturday April 28th: DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 26, 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10am-2pm. The Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. It also provides…

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LICADD’s mission is to address the addictive climate of our times by providing initial attention and referral services to individuals, families, and children, through intervention, education and professional guidance to overcome the ravages of alcohol and other drug-related problems.
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